Neville Robinson Launches

Harmony
Largo

NEVILLE ROBINSON LAUNCHES

I was recently contacted by Neil Mosley regarding the two photos above of launches built by Neville Robinson – top photo is Harmony and bottom is Largo. Neil commented that he didn’t know much about the man but he was quite well known at some stage. The bigger boat – Harmony is owned by John Gow and spends most of summer moored at the bottom end of Waiheke. The smaller boat is – Largo and owned by Neil and kept at Havelock.

Anyone able to tell us more about the builder – Neville Robinson and what other craft he built.

INPUT FROM PAUL DRAKE“Neville Robinson was foreman mechanic (or similar) with the old Wellington Harbour Board for a very long time. May have served his time there I think. He built at least one other boat apart from LARGO and MELODY. Can’t recall her name but she became a crayfish boat out of Ngawi. He was a meticulous boat builder and his boats were very well engineered. He had a hand in re engineing TUNA (of WW fame) when she was in service with the Wellington Harbour Board (later CentrePort Wellington). He was a quietly spoken, gentlemanly sort of guy. His brother was a tug master on Wellington Harbour for many years, having previously been master of the police launch LADY ELIZABETH 2.”

YESTERDAYS WOODY QUIZ WINNER – the winner is K Ricketts.

The correct answers were #A Rehutai #B Movaire – as to the identity of #C , that folks remains a mystery 🙂 Had a great number of entries but most unfortunately were way off the mark.

As always I’m indebted to the mind of Nathan Herbert for helping confirm the launch names.

Gil Littler emailed in the observations and photo below

“I believe the photo is 1980, or maybe late-1970s. I say this because the wooden dividing fence between Shipbuilders (from where the photo was taken) and Baileys has already been demolished to make way for what became Orams hardstand. See the photo below taken c.1981 with the old ferries (Toroa and Peregrine) about to be buried in the Z Pier reclamation. The fishing boat Baileys converted to a  pleasure boat is in both photos.”

6 thoughts on “Neville Robinson Launches

  1. Neville Robinson was foreman mechanic (or similar) with the old Wellington Harbour Board for a very long time. May have served his time there I think. He built at least one other boat apart from LARGO and MELODY. Can’t recall her name but she became a crayfish boat out of Ngawi. He was a meticulous boat builder and his boats were very well engineered. He had a hand in re engineing TUNA (of WW fame) when she was in service with the Wellington Harbour Board (later CentrePort Wellington). He was a quietly spoken, gentlemanly sort of guy. His brother was a tug master on Wellington Harbour for many years, having previously been master of the police launch LADY ELIZABETH 2. .

    Thank you Paul, as always, you are on to it 🙂 Alan H

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  2. Neville Robinson. Knew him slightly. A gentleman. Member of a family of fishermen working out of Island Bay Wellington

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  3. When I was a young lad growing up at Greenhithe, the launch ‘Movare’ was, from memory, owned by the Ballantyne family who had the little cottage which still sits above the beach. They had a good slipway setup and pulled Movare and their other launch ‘Valerie’ out every year.

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  4. Well for what it’s worth my guess would be 1975. The jetty between Shipbuilders and Baileys is still there. And the old black fishing boat is not Cobra Baileys converted but the old concrete fishing boat “Prowler”

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  5. Thank you so much for that Alan.– Really looking forward to reading the book, I have always loved the K class boats especially Sir Keith Parks, which always stood out for me– KEN R

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